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New Graphics card recommendation on par with GeForce 9800GT

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by retroborg, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. retroborg

    retroborg Regular member

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    Until now I was using an Albatron Geforce 9800GT 512MB card which I bought for ~100euros back in 2009.

    What was good about this card is that it had a 256bit memory bus / interface and pretty much every 3D game played nice and fast on high graphics settings @1280x1024 resolution (Aliens VS Predator 3, Rage, Command & Conquer 3 & 4, Duke Nukem Forever, Black Mesa Half Life Mod, HL2, etc...)

    How ever it got toasted the other day, so I now I want to buy a new graphics card of at least equivalent performance and similar price range to play the upcoming Doom 3 BFG and some of the upcoming games. (Preferably nvidia as their drivers are better)

    I checked the current nvidia cards, but noticed that all the cards of that price even though they have better & faster GPUs and more & better video RAM (DDR5 / 1GB/2GB), their memory bus / interface goes only up to 128bit or 192bit the most, which I imagine will bottleneck these cards.

    Also I noticed that none of the current GFX cards feature a TV-Out output to connect my old CRT TV via Scart or RCA and I don't want to have to buy a new LCD/TFT TV.

    My PC specs:
    Intel Core 2 Duo @2.4GHZ
    4GB Ram @800MHZ
    Windows 7 32Bit
    19" 4:3 TFT Eizo S1931 Monitor @60HZ

    My motherboard Asus P5B-E:

    Features 1 x PCIe x16 slot to connect a GFX card on.

    So which card should I get to cover my above needs?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012
  2. borhan9

    borhan9 Active member

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  3. mrslicker

    mrslicker Regular member

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    Well I don't really like to say it but perhaps you should look for a monitor along with a graphics card. They're not TOO expensive and the resolution would be WAY better than RCA (and probably SCART too, but i don't know much about that connector) the nvidia cards with 256-bit memory bus are (converted from US prices) starting at 139 euros.
    From a quick look this looks nice:
    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi)
    1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
    Core Clock: 850 Mhz (v.s. 822 Mhz reference)
    Shader Clock: 1700 Mhz (v.s. 1645 Mhz reference)
    CUDA Cores: 384

    For 192-bit memory bus this looks ok:
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P4-2652-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready
    Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Core Clock: 1202 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 384
    Effective Memory Clock: 5000MHz

    Hope this helps.

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